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A BYTE OF LIFE Thursday, July 16, 2009

To adieu to Test cricket


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Shutterbugs alert!
It’s a good time to unleash the amateur photographer in
you. The Photographic Society of Madras has invited
entries for its competition ‘All India Salon of Photography,
2009’ under the theme ‘Incredible India’.
Those interested to compete can send in their entries
under six sections: flora & fauna, streets at night, water,
emotions, monochromes and temples of India. The last
date for receipt of entries is 20 July 2009. Entry forms can
be downloaded from the Society’s website
Selected entries will be displayed at the Lalit Kala
Academi, Chennai from 18 to 23 August 2009 to coincide
with the World Photography Day on 19 August 2009. ■



02 NAMMA CHENNAI ERGO Thursday, July 16, 2009

For adoption
Graceful Sparky has a fondness for
human company, games with a ribbon
and posing for the camera. To adopt
her, call Ananya Ashok at 9952040339.

T he Indo Cine Appreciation Founda-
tion and the Embassy of Mexico,
New Delhi is organising a Mexican
Film Festival from July 20 to 23 at the
South Indian Film Chamber Theatre,
Anna Salai.
The festival will be inaugurated on
July 20 and will be followed by the
screening of two short films, At the
end of the furrow and The Desire at
6.45 p.m. Feature film, News from
Afar, will be screened at 7.15 p.m.
On July 21, short fictions Good Inten-
tions and Tide will be followed by
Michelle Ann Gilles had a saviour
More than anything in the world.
Other films to be screened include:
in the form of her adoring dog
It’s very easy, Reality show and 1973
on July 22. The last day will see The
Eye in the Nape, The Passenger and
Tropic of Cancer and Island Being
Among the films More than anything
in the world has bagged a couple of
awards. The feature film is the story
of a young girl’s overactive imagina-
tion and how her single mom’s emo- Hulk with
tionally stressed lifestyle breed a Michelle’s son
combustible domestic scene.
The screening starts from 6.15 p.m.

y dog Hulk was the kitchen for a knife. I On two other occasions,
born in April 1999 went close to the door and Hulk came to the rescue of
and strolled into to my horror, I smelt alco- my family by alerting us
our arms when he hol. It was an intruder. about intruders who often
was a month old. He was With trembling hands, I tried to break in at night
trained in his manners called my neighbour. He when my husband was out
and at the same time thor- told me to come to the of town.
oughly spoiled by me. front balcony and I threw Dogs are like children
One winter night, the the house keys to him. He who want to be loved and
night my husband was re- was up in a jiffy, opened cared for; you can see af-
turning from his usual my door and Hulk ran to fection on their faces. On
flight, Hulk proved his the terrace. July 12th, Hulk was laid to
love and loyalty. I was The intruder was smart rest due to Degenerative
watching the television till to latch the terrace door Myelopathy, a chronic dis-
about 1.15 a.m. and then while escaping hence we ease that German Shep-
went to bed. Twenty min- could not gain entry to the herds are predisposed to.
utes later, Hulk was bark- terrace. We had to keep We all loved him very
ing furiously and was on banging and kicking the much and thank God for
top of me looking into my door, only then the latch sending us his guardian
eyes and then looking to- let go. angel in the form of a dog.
wards the door. I kept ask- Once on the terrace, We are grateful to man’s
ing him: ‘What is it, baby?’ Hulk ran to one end and best friend, who asked for
He ran to the door bark- we realised that the in- nothing but gave us his all.
ing, and then back to me. I truder had scaled the pipe ■
sensed danger and went to and escaped. pets@goergo.in
Thursday, July 16, 2009

All for a
clear skin
Say bye to dark
Apply any gentle
cleanser on cotton
pads and wipe under
the eyes very mildly
daily twice.
Drink 1 to 2 litres of
water daily
Consume 2 soaked
almonds, raw carrots
and cucumber daily
Twice a week, make
sure you apply an
under eye pack with
cucumber or carrot
Make a fine powder

of rich almonds, mix

with raw milk & a
drop of honey, apply
around eye area, and
keep it for 20
minutes. Rinse with
raw milk and wash it
with normal water.
Exercise for the tired
eyes: Close both the
eyes and rotate the
eye ball for few
seconds and relax
your mind. This can
be done, once in
Cleansing, moisturising blended with regular exercise and right every hour.
intake of food are the mantra for an ever charming face

f pampering your face with If the pores are small, then it is may clog pores and can lead to un- cleansers that contain glycerine. screen or moisturiser containing
face packs, creams and toners normal to dry skin. If the pores are wanted breakouts. For dry skin: Soap free and mild SPF (sun protecting factor) of 15 or
have not helped or improved enlarged, then your skin is of dry How to do cleansers 35. A regular usage of sunscreen
your skin texture, then its time to oily. If you find a combination Splash lukewarm water on your Moisturisers helps to protect your skin from
to ponder on a serious note. Ac- of small and large pores, then you face. Take a few drops of face wash Moisturisers make your skin feel skin tan, pigmentation, fine lines
cording to skin specialists the first skin is of the third type, oily to and mix it with equal amount of supple and are required for all and wrinkles.
step is to identify the type of skin. combination. water in your palm. Apply it all types of skin. Make sure to apply a Nutrition and Lifestyle
K. Veena of Naturals says, “Apply- Cleansing over the face in an upward circular moisturiser all over your body af- Apart from external cleansing
ing lotions and moisturisers with- Immaterial of your skin type, movement except around the eye, ter a bath. For people with dry and moisturising, intake of right
out proper knowledge of the skin washing your face at least thrice a and wash it off with lots of water. skin, normal moisturiser will do, food also has an effect on your
type will mar the skin.” day – morning, noon and night After every face wash pamper your whereas for oily and combination skin. Proper nutrition and ample
Read on to know your skin type, with lukewarm water is a must. skin with a fine line of moisturiser. skin, gel-based moisturisers are rest contribute to healthy skin.
how to apply cleansers and the However, Veena cautions, “Avoid Application of scrubs once in a ideal. Eight hours of sleep is a must, but
role of food: washing your face very often since fortnight helps to remove the dead Usage of sunscreen make sure you adhere to a fixed
Identify your skin type over cleansing would reduce the skins. Sunscreen is a must and prob- time. “It is quite simple to look
Clean the skin with the help of a natural moisture of the skin and Types of cleansers ably the most important step young, healthy and beautiful pro-
mild cleanser followed by a toner. make it dry.” Every night make For oily skin : Oil-free, water- when it comes to protecting the vided you take care of your skin,”
Pat it dry with cotton or a soft tow- sure you remove traces of make up based cleansers. skin from harmful environmental sums up Veena. ■
el and notice the pores on the skin. with cleansing milk otherwise that For normal skin: Wash with factors. Make certain to use a sun- As told to V. Haripriya
04 VILLAGE ERGO Thursday, July 16, 2009

Bad weather insurance

French travel agents are offering their clients
insurance in case their holidays are blighted
by bad weather and no-sun.

Man dumps baby in shop bin Aggressive

A Chinese medicine practitioner was on Wednesday
beginning a five-year jail sentence for dumping a women earn big
newborn baby in a waste bin in a Hong Kong
supermarket. bucks at work
Tsui Chi-lam claimed he thought the prematurely-born Being a nice girl would not
baby was dead after a woman gave birth unexpectedly take you ahead of others
in the bathroom of his clinic in November last year. in the professional race, for
The 67-year-old wrapped the baby girl with her a new study suggests that
umbilical cord still attached in newspapers and plastic being aggressive and
bags and dumped her in the bin at a supermarket in having a masculine
the city. approach is what makes
DPA you earn big bucks at
The academic study has shown that “alpha male” women
earn an average of 40,000 pounds more over their lifetime
Meet Obama the pitcher than female colleagues who are “nice”.
Barack Obama is one sporting President, and he gave a It was found that personality traits are just as important as
glimpse of his game recently by throwing out the intelligence in determining how much people earn in their
ceremonial first pitch St. Louis Cardinals first baseman career.
Albert Pujols before the All-Star baseball game. The team found “alpha male” women earn 4 per cent
Although it was not a perfect strike, left-handed Obama more than those who are deemed to be “passive” - this
managed to throw the ball just short of the home plate, as amount to 40,000 pounds over a lifetime, based on a 40-
Pujols reached out to catch it before it hit the ground. year career with a 25,000 pounds annual wage.
Obama was on the ground sporting a White Sox jacket to Led by Guido Heineck, the study titled ’Does it Pay to be
represent his favourite team. Nice?’ also showed that “conscientious” women, who
Obama planned to throw a few pitches before taking the display self-control and persistence, generally earn 5 per
field for the ceremonial first cent more than sloppy colleagues.
pitch. ANI
His predecessor George W.
Bush, warmed up in the
indoor batting cage at
Yankee Stadium before Pope Okays Potter flick
throwing the first pitch The latest in the wizard film franchise, Harry Potter and the
before Game 3 of the 2001 Half-Blood Prince, has been approved by the Vatican, which
World Series. said that it was the best adaptation yet of JK Rowling’s hit
“Well, I think it’s fair to say novels.
that I want to loosen up my L’Osservatore Romano, the official newspaper of the Vatican
arm a little bit,” the New City that is ruled by the Pope, stated that the film’s
York Daily News quoted treatment of adolescent love achieved the “correct balance”,
Obama as saying earlier. and made the story more credible to the general audience.
As a US Senator, Obama However, the paper criticised Rowling, 43, for failing to
threw out a first pitch at a make any explicit “reference to the transcendent” in her
White Sox game in 2005. books.

Writer publishes novel on Twitter

n American writer who greatest identity crisis ever, The “Many of them loved it, but
failed to find a publisher French Revolution tells the story none were willing to buy what
for his novel is putting the of a San Francisco family forging they viewed as a ’risky’ novel -
book on Twitter - 140 its place in history,” he said. vivid language, elements of fan-
characters at a time. Stewart said putting the book tasy and farce, raunchy hu-
Matt Stewart, a San Francisco- on Twitter was a “social experi- mour,” he said.
based novelist, began “tweeting” ment” to “see how the world re- Stewart said it would take ap-
his first book, The French Revo- acts to a long-form tale told in proximately 3,700 “tweets” to
lution, on the micro-blogging snippets.” transmit all of the 480,000 char-
service. He also acknowledged that he acters in his book.
“As far as I can tell, I’m the first had been unable to find a pub- Stewart also said he is already
person to release a completed lisher. at work on his next novel, Duct
full-length literary novel on “My agent submitted The Tape, which he said is about a
Twitter,” Stewart wrote on his French Revolution to all the ma- “homeless man in search of his
website, thefrenchrev.com. jor publishing houses,” Stewart imaginary son.” ■
“Loosely structured on the said. AFP
Thursday, July 16, 2009
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Lost and found

in Down Under
British teen survives 12 nights in Australian wilderness Child
British teenager is
“back from the dead”
after surviving 12 nights
in Australia’s unforgiv-
ing bushland by eating seeds
and sleeping under his jacket,
his father said.
An exhausted and dehy-
drated Jamie Neale, 19, was
discovered by chance by two

hikers in the rugged Blue t took a child to stump
Mountains west of Sydney, the creators of the
ending an ordeal, which be- BlackBerry, one of the
gan when he set off for a lone world’s top selling
trek on July 3. smartphones and a part of
Television pictures showed most executives’ attire.
Neale sporting a beard and “Are you going to make a
looking bewildered but largely phone more for kids so that
unharmed as he arrived at Ka- my mom will let me get
toomba Hospital wearing a one?” the child said from
police uniform for warmth. the packed audience at the
Neale’s father Richard Cass, annual general sharehol-
who flew out from Britain to ders’ meeting.
join the search, was about to The world’s No. 2 smart-
board his return flight home phone maker has so far
when he was told the news. aimed its near-ubiquitous
“I was at the airport when I BlackBerry mobile phone
heard the news. mostly at executives, with
I gave a great shout, ’My US President Obama being
boy’s been found!’ I was sur- its highest-profile user.
rounded by Chinese women The child’s question met
and Thais about to get on the with hums and haws by
plane,” Cass said. RIM Co-Chief Executives
“He must be the only teen- Jim Balsillie and Mike Laza-
ager in the world who goes out ridis before they sum-
for a walk and leaves his mo- moned up a vague
bile phone behind.” response.
Cass said his son ate seeds “There’s lots of opportu-
and weeds which tasted like nity and, you know, if the
lettuce to survive, huddling current BlackBerries aren’t
under his jacket at night and acceptable to your mother,
waving it at passing search hopefully the next ones
helicopters. will,” Lazaridis said.
He carved Neale’s name, lit British backpacker Jamie Neale posing with a koala in Australia. PHOTO: AFP The interaction was strik-
a candle and buried a red rose ing in light of a recent re-
“for England” in an emotional she never gave up hope for voice. I told him you don’t get as police, fire brigade officers, search note written by
ceremony before giving up her son, whom she described rid of me that easily.” park rangers and emergency 15-year-old Matthew Rob-
the search for his son, who al- as tearful when they spoke on The Briton had set off from service volunteers. son, an intern at Morgan
so thought he would not sur- Wednesday. a Katoomba hostel for the Ru- The harsh terrain is popular Stanley, on “How Teenag-
vive. “He just said, ’Hello, Mum.’ ined Castle rock formation, with bushwalkers, but can be ers Consume Media,”
“Every time that helicopter He was nearly in tears," Neale where he was last sighted. deadly, with a 17-year-old hik- which caused a stir after it
flew over he was worried. He told Sky News. A major search party had er dying after becoming lost was published by the bank.
did think he was going to die, “He said he didn’t think been scouring the rugged Ja- on a trek at the height of sum- ■
he was that scared,” Cass said. he’d ever see me again and it mison Valley for Neale, using mer in 2006. ■ Reuters
Neale’s mother Jean said was just so good to hear my helicopters and dogs, as well AFP
06 SPORT ERGO Thursday, July 16, 2009

Goa to host Lusofonia Games

Goa has won the right to host the next Lusofonia Games in 2013 after being confirmed as hosts during a meeting of the
Associacao dos Comites Olimpicos de Lingua Oficial Portuguesa (Association of the Portuguese Speaking Olympic
Committees) in Lisbon on Tuesday. Goa, represented by Goa Olympic Association President Subhash Shirodkar and
Secretary (sports) M Modassir, made a strong bid and impressed upon the 35-member committee that Goa was the best
venue to host the Lusofonia Games in October 2013.

Freedy bids adieu

Flintoff to quit Tests at end of Ashes

Dhoni returns home

Team India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni
returned home after a gruelling three-
month cricketing assignment on Tuesday
night. Sporting a T-shirt and a pair of jeans,
the cricketer was received by his brother and

ndrew Flintoff will retire from Test
friends at Birsa Munda Airport in Ranchi. cricket at the end of the ongoing Ash-
Dhoni, who led Team India to a 2-1 victory es series against Australia, the injury-
over West Indies in the limited-over cricket prone England all-rounder an-
series after the team’s disappointing show at nounced on Wednesday.
the Twenty20 World Cup, drove home amid The 31-year-old, who has so far
tight security personnel. Adequate security played 75 Tests for his country
arrangement has been made at his since his debut in 1998, will
residence. though continue to make him-
PTI self available for selection for
One-Day Internationals and
International Twenty20 fix-
Indian cadets impress tures, a statement issued
by the England and Wales
Three Indians finished within top 10 in Cricket Board (ECB)
individual categories of both recurve and said.
compound sections and figured among top Flintoff was the star
six in team qualification in the cadet of England’s 2005
(under-16) category of the 11th Youth Test series win
World Archery Championship at Ogden over Australia as
(Utah) in the United States. However, the the team regained
toast of the day were again Korean archers the Ashes for the first
who set three world records, according to time in 18 years. But
information received from the Archery injuries have blighted
Association of India (AAI). The best his career and he now
individual placing was earned by senior and has to overcome a knee
sub-junior National champion Deepika problem, sustained in last
Kumari in the women’s recurve section. She week’s drawn first Test
finished fourth overall with a total of 1345 against Australia, if he is to
points. Jeon Hun Young of Korea play in the second match of
established a world record with a total of the current Ashes series
1380 points, surpassing compatriot Lim Su starting at Lord’s here on
Jis’ record of 1377 set last year at Kundu Thursday.
(Antalya) in Turkey. “My body has told me it’s
PTI time to stop,” Flintoff said
in an ECB statement.
“Since 2005 I’ve had two
Mosley to stand down years when I’ve done noth-
Max Mosley backed former Ferrari boss Jean ing but rehab from one in-
Todt as his ideal replacement on jury or another. It’s been
Wednesday after ending speculation that he something I’ve been thinking
would seek a fifth term as about for a while and I think
International Automobile Federation this last problem I’ve had with
(FIA) president. “If he agrees to my knee has confirmed to me
stand, I think he would be the ideal that the time is now right.” ■
person to continue but also to AFP
extend the work of the past 16
years,” the 69-year-old Briton said in
a letter to all FIA member clubs.
“He can be relied on in all areas
where the FIA is active. I very much hope
you will give him your support.”
Finland’s Ari Vatanen, the 1981 world rally
champion, is so far the only declared
candidate to run motor sport’s world
governing body.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

No, we did not boycott the meeting. Since it is a legal matter we do not want to make comment on
that, but I can tell you that we are still trying to solve the matter through talks. We are definitely
trying to solve the matter out of court and I am going to meet the ICC president soon.
PCB chairman Ijaz Butt denies boycotting a meeting in India that handed the country’s World Cup
2011 matches to co-hosts and called again for talks on winning back the fixtures

ormer India hockey captain immediately after winning the gold
Dhanraj Pillay has criticised the medal in 1998 Bangkok Asian
newly-formed Hockey India for Games. The mercurial forward once
joining hands with erstwhile
IHF chief KPS Gill and said the recent
development is disheartening for the
again reiterated his support for Indi-
an coaches and said it makes no
sense in roping in an overseas coach
future of the national sport. Dhan-
raj, a member of the Hockey India
selection committee, raised ques-
for the eight-time Olympic cham-
“There is no point in having a for-
HI for
tions on Indian Olympic Association’s
decision to join hands with Gill on
the formation of Hockey India, a uni-
eign coach when our coaches are do-
ing well. Our team won the Azlan
Shah Cup under then coach-in-
fied body with men and women’s as-
sociations under one roof.
He also criticised the IOA for ap-
charge Harendra Singh. We could
not repeat the performance in Asia
Cup, but by that time there were ru-
pointing Spaniard Jose Brasa as the
coach of the national team without
consulting the selection committee
mours about the appointment of
foreign coach. It might have affected
the players negatively,” said Dhan-
with Gill
members. “We came to know raj, who was the manager of the
through media whether it is the for- team during the Asia Cup in June,
mation of Hockey India or the ap- where the defending champion’s fin-
pointment of Jose Brasa. I don’t ished a disappointing fifth.
know whether our hockey is going in On a more personal note, an emo-
the right direction. I don’t know tional Dhanraj, who will be celebrat-
what were the reasons behind shak- ing his 41st birthday on Thursday,
ing hand with the same Gill saab said he is still waiting for a dignified
whose Indian Hockey Federation farewell from international hockey.
regime was suspended by the same “I am still waiting for that opportuni-
IOA,” said Dhanraj, who has 339 in- ty. It’s not only me but great players
ternational caps under his belt in his like Zafar Iqbal, Pargat Singh, Surjit
illustrious career spanning 16 years. Singh and Ashok Kumar also could
“We know only about selection not announce retirement on their
matters. Whatever else is happening own. We deserved a chance to bid
in Indian Hockey, we are unaware of adieu,” he said. “I now assess the
it, but whatever is happening is dis- performance of the players sitting in
heartening,” he said. “I don’t want the galleries as a selector. But I still
that whatever happened with me, feel like playing with them and I bet
happens with the new players. There with a month’s training I can play
should be no infighting among the better than anyone else. After all, I
players and establishment,” he add- have been playing in domestic circuit
ed. and in foreign league.” said the vet-
Dhanraj many a times vented his eran of four Olympics, who had last
ire against Gill-led regime during his represented India five years back in
playing days. He had also lost his cap- the 2004 Busan Asian Games. ■
taincy and place in the national team PTI

Still at
08 ROADSTER ERGO Thursday, July 16, 2009

olkswagen will apparently skirts and headlights and a ridge magazine reports.
present at the Geneva Mo- between the bonnet and wind- Volkswagen is also planning a
tor Show early next year a screen. Technologically the Sha- fuel-saving BlueMotion and a
new Sharan van featuring ran is based on the VW Passat, natural gas (CNG) version.
sliding doors and a third row of closing the segment between The Sharan was first intro-
seats that can be lowered into the Touran and the VW Bus T5. duced in 1995 with the current
the floor area, according to spy Among the engines planned version reaching the end of its
pictures revealed by Germany’s are the 2-litre TDI in the range run after four years, serving
auto-motor-sport magazine. 140 to 170 hp and the 1.4-litre mainly the family market with
The disguised new model re- petrol TSI with the 150 hp unit children under the age of 18. ■
veals a modified front with new serving as the entry model, the DPA

New VW Sharan
with sliding doors for

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Thursday, July 16, 2009
Opel presents road version of Ampera
Opel has presented a road-going version of the clean-drive Ampera, based on the US Chevy Volt that it plans to introduce on European markets in two years time.
According to Opel, the Ampera would allow clean electric drive for the distances of 50 kilometres travelled daily by most commuters. The 111 KW electric motor is
powered by a lithium-ion T-shaped battery unit fitted to the car floor. If the batteries are empty a conventional 1.4-litre petrol engine takes over, increasing the
range to 500 kilometres. It is a fully-fledged four-seater sedan with acceleration from zero to 100 km/h in nine seconds. Boomerang-shaped front headlights
emphasize the difference to the more conventionally-styled Chevy Volt.

Aston Martin’s
car for the man
in the street Audi with new high
resolution navigation

ston Martin, famous for its high- Audi has updated its high-end navigation system with
end V8 and V12 super perfor- high resolution graphics on a six-inch screen and a
mance cars seen in many a James much faster route calculation.
Bond movie, is working on an Costing between 2,270 (3,177 dollars) and 2,565 euros
eco-friendly small commuter car based (3,600 dollars) the extra is available for the A3, TT and
on the platform of the Toyota IQ. R8 super sports car. In the R8 it can be combined with a
The Aston Martin Cygnet will howev- rear-view camera.
er bear the classic sports car Graphics from the park-assist are superimposed on the
badge with a luxury interior live image from the camera.
orientated closely to the Apart from a traffic lane guidance system, a
bigger models. topographic map view allows vertical and horizontal
While showing typ- scrolling along the route.
ical Aston Martin DPA
features such as the
badge on the bon-
net, the technology
itself would come
from Toyota.
New arrival
“There is still much
work ahead but I’m
confident that this pro-
ject will be realised in the
near future,” Aston Martin’s
CEO Ulrich Bez said in announcing de-
tails of the project.
He added that Aston Martin had to
move beyond preconceived ideas about
the small-car market, applying craft-
smanship and brand values to a new
market segment.
Plans are to sell the Cygnet for under
23,000 euros (32,000 dollars) or as a mo-
bility package in combination with the
Aston Martin DBS and DB-9. ■

쒀 Models pose with a new hybrid compact car by Kia motors in Seoul. The ’Forte
Hybrid LPI’ powered by liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and an electric motor with
lithium ion polymer batteries is the company’s first hybrid car following a
belated foray into the growing market by its parent Hyundai Motors in a bid to
catch up with its Japanese rivals. PHOTO: AFP
10 FLICK ERGO Thursday, July 16, 2009

Scents of Jackson
Bottles of late King of Pop Michael Jackson’s yet unreleased “putrid” perfume may
soon hit the shelves in the U.K. markets. Jacko had planned to launch his own
fragrance, described as “dangerously seductive”, 19 years ago, reports The Sun.
However, the idea was dropped after his 1993 child molestation accusations were

magine being stranded in heavy At his Jalsa home, water leaked
rain and then getting a lift from through into the bedrooms causing
Bollywood megastar Amitabh more distress to the actor.
Bachchan. That’s what happened “At Jalsa, the water in the be-
to a few women here recently. drooms has leaked through despite
Big B did his bit by giving lifts to a the tarpaulin protection monsoon
few women in his car to help them es- covers. I tell them (workers) to put
cape the Mumbai rains that have towels, swabs, water resistant solu-
jammed life in India’s financial capital tions, anything,” he wrote.
for the last three days. The road out- The situation became so chaotic
side Amitabh’s house Prateeksha is that the actor had to ask son Abhish-
waist deep in water, which has en- ek and daughter-in-law Aishwarya
tered his reception area too. When Rai, who are in Singapore along with
the actor decided to take a ride in his politician Amar Singh, to stay there
SUV to his second home Jalsa in Juhu, for a while.
he found the women wading “I quickly inform them of the del-
through the waterlogged street. uge warning them not to come in to-
“I muster up courage and help and day as scheduled. I put all the mobiles
pull out the SUV...that’s the only one on charge and the walkie talkies. Fill
that shall go through in all this mess, up water in buckets from the rain out-
and float out into the streets now side and store it just in case the power
jammed with people wading through goes and the pumps get disconnect-
and the cars blocking any movement. ed. And wait, and wait and wait…,”
“I open the door, well just about, to he said.
assist a few young ladies in distress For many others living here, the sit-
who were beginning to lose their uation has been just as grave ever
composure, and give them a ride to- since rain started causing water log-
wards Jalsa. Everywhere there is just ging in many areas, traffic snarls and
chaos,” Amitabh posted in a recent even affecting rail service -- paralys-
entry on his blog www.bigb.bigadda- ing life in Mumbai. ■
.com . IANS

Amitabh had asked his

son Abhishek and
Aishwarya Rai, who
are in Singapore along
with politician Amar
Singh, to stay there
for a while

Big B, the good samaritan

The actor gives lift to women wading through the water-logged street in his SUV

Potter may topple Bond as top-grossing

movie franchise of all time
The ‘Harry Potter’ film series seems set to topple James Bond movies as top-
grossing franchise in box office history.
The last five Harry Potter films are said to have raked in a total of 4.48 dollars
billion around the globe, while the James Bond movies stand at five billion
dollars over the course of 22 films.
According to Variety.com, the Harry Potter series is expected to overtake the
British spy thrillers by the end of this month, after the latest film in the former
series hits the theatres on July 15, reports the New York Daily News.
Rick Butler, the Chief Operating Officer of Fandango, said: “It’s our fastest
ticket-seller since The Dark Knight, and Harry may eventually outpace Batman in
advance ticket sales.”
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Hugh Jackman to star in ‘Avon Man’
Hugh Jackman has signed on to star in a new comedy film Avon
Man. 20th Century Fox has confirmed that Jackman will star and
co-produce Avon Man with his Seed Productions partner John
Palermo, and Gary Foster of Krasnoff Foster Entertainment,
reports Variety.

It’s not Smriti, Sakshi… Cine City

Now, fresh faces woo audiences on television
include young actors like 11- Ash in action
year-old Avika Gor, who has be- We have seen the dainty damsel
come a household name after Aishwarya Rai Bachchan doing
featuring as child bride Anandi in action scenes and sword
Balika Vadhu. fighting with Hrithik Roshan in
And 17-year-old Aasiya Kazi, Dhoom 2 and Jodhaa Akbar
who plays wife to a much elder respectively. Now the buzz
man in NDTV Imagine’s Bandini, is that Ash is getting
is also lapping up compliments trained in karate from
for her acting skills. noted master
“I think new faces have rela- Ramesh for some
tively more potential than older dare devil stunts
ones. They have a spark and pas- in Shankar’s
sion to prove their mettle. They forthcoming movie
work harder to prove them- Endhiran. If online
selves,” said Aasiya. story is true, she
“It took me three years to be will be seen doing
where I’m, but I’m finally happy a martial arts
to be working in Bandini at such act with none
a young age,” she added. other than
Shivshakti in Sabki Laadli Smriti Irani Kritika Kamra, superstar
Bebo in Star Plus who essays the role of Arohi in Rajinikanth. It
Kitani Mohabbat Hai, echoed looks like Ash
similar sentiments. enjoys the Charlie’s
“New actors are easier to Angel image of
mould when it comes to work be- being a stunt queen.
cause they are raw and natural.
Getting them into a character is
not a tough task. In fact, my team
tells me that I’m good because
I’m natural at acting,” said Kam-
ra, who shifted base to Mumbai
from Delhi to pursue her acting
“For example, it will be very
difficult for audiences to watch
Smriti Irani in a character other
than Tulsi Virani because they
have already established a kind of
image on TV and if at all they (ac-
tors) do, it becomes too hard for
viewers to accept them into new
roles,” she added.
Apart from actresses, new ac-
tors in lead roles have also
thronged the small screen.
Avika Gor and Avinash Mukherjee in Balika Vadhu According to Sarwar Ahuja,
who is a part of NDTV Imagine’s
show Jyoti, says global recession

or almost a decade, the tele- According to Hina, who plays forced producers to opt for new
vision world remained syn- Akshara in Yeh Rishta Kya..., this faces.
onymous with women trend is because each channel “Recession has hit the TV in-
actors like Smriti Irani, wanted to break the monotony in dustry and so directors are going
Sakshi Tanwar and Shweta Tiwa- content on the small screen and for new faces rather than the ex-
ri. But a slew of new shows and become more appealing to the pensive old ones. New faces are
channels have introduced fresh
faces that seem to be winning
younger generation.
“Young and new faces are be-
more economical. Also, with sev-
eral channels, it becomes hard for
No marriage
many hearts too.
While Star Plus has an array of
ing given preference today. This
is because people want to reach
senior actors to be able to give
time to multiple serials,” said
for now
Navya Nair was in news about her ‘so called’
new leading ladies as protago- out to the young generation as Ahuja. wedding plans. The actress who was amused about
nists like 16-year-old Shivshakti well,” Hina told IANS over phone The other young actresses who the rumour mill spun around her has rubbished the
Sachdeva in Sabki Laadli Bebo from Mumbai. have made a mark on the small news of getting married. She said that there were
and Hina Khan on Yeh Rishta Kya “It’s also happening because screen within a short time span no wedding discussions and now that she has
Kehlata Hai, relatively new people are now tired of the saas- are Anjali Abrol of Raja Ki Aayegi completed her MBA she has other goals. The actress
players like NDTV Imagine and bahu soaps. The audience is Baraat fame and Sneha Wagh of is currently working in Aval Peyar Thamizharasi and
Colors have also launched new quite reluctant to watch post- NDTV Imagine’s Jyoti among oth- a few other projects.
talent through their shows Bandi- marriage drama,” she added. ers. ■
ni, Jyoti and Balika Vadhu. The new brigade of stars also IANS
12 ERGO Thursday, July 16, 2009

Anoop S. from HCL Technologies has nominated his friends as Partners in Rajeshkumar Muthuraj, Associate Trainer from Firstsource Solution has
Crime. The picture was clicked during their trekking to Swamimalai hill nominated his team as Partners in Crime. This photo was clicked by
in Yelagiri. Nancy during the traditional day celebration.

Jeevan S. Prasad from Infosys has nominated his friends as Partners in Santhosh Kumar from Allsec Technologies Limited has nominated his
Crime. The photos was taken at Tigercaves in ECR. friends as Partners in Crime. This photo was taken during their trip to
Yercaud in July 2009.

Hari Ginjupalli from Tata Consultancy Services has nominated his Raj from Technosoft Global Service Pvt Ltd is buying carrots from his
friends as Partners in Crime. This picture was clicked at VGP Golden colleague Sathish. This pic was taken during their trip to kodaikanal.
Beech during their team CRMS MSTR’s outing.
Thursday, July 16, 2009

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Cunning cats
Pet cats have developed cunning ways to
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You may lose some valuable time due to your
inattentiveness at work. This waste of time may
affect your efficiency. Ganesha advises you to slow
down and not exert too much pressure on yourself.
Things will get better on the latter half of the day.


Haste makes waste. Hence, Ganesha suggests that
you look before you leap. The best way out is to
deal with things things one at a time. In the
evening, you will have a wonderful time with your


You have been wrecking your head over a few
BORN LOSER problems for quite a while now. Don’t lose hope,
be a little patient and everything will fall into place.
Ganesha advises you to stop thinking about the
troubles in your life. Love life may be monotonous.
Ganesha observes that you will waste precious
moments on pointless debates and conversations.
This may also lead to frustration. But, you need to
exercise a little patience. Things will take a turn for
the good after lunch.
LEO JULY 21 - AUG 20
A busy day ahead. You will be on your toes for the
entire day. You will remain occupied with work and
there’s not much you can do about it. Ganesha
says, your love life will be on a roll today. Lovers
will be in an adventurous mood.
You may be very vocal at office today. Ganesha
FREE RANGE WORKING IT OUT finds you offering suggestions to all those around
you. Make sure rejection of your viewpoint by
others does not upset you. Be attentive at work and
finish it as per schedule.
Ganesha envisions a taxing and frenzied day ahead.
You will need to do the relaxation exercises before
the day begins and after it ends. But it’s not just
work that will keep you occupied. There is a lot of
socialising and networking involved.
You will be lively and full of energy throughout the
day. Ganesha notes that you will experience a
strong ardor to excel in all spheres of life. Being
hasty may pose a few problems and you need to
pay attention to your personal life.
An uneventful day ahead. Your performance will be
at its peak at work, and deadlines will be met. But
besides that there is little to mention. A good time
to spend with family and friends. Arrange a small
get-together to brighten up the day.
Professional and personal life both demand
undivided attention today. You will feel the heat
and will struggle between the unfair demands of
both. But being practical and prioritising things will
solve most of your problems.
PREVIOUS You have a wonderous day ahead of you. Progress
and an amazing sense of fulfilment awaits you. You
ISSUE’S will succeed as well as excel in everything that you
take up today. Romance is in the air and you will
SOLUTIONS thoroughly enjoy yourself in every aspect.
You will be able to avail new opportunities to
expand your knowledge and familiarize yourself with
innovative things. You will be motivated to enhance
your skills and apply them to your personal life!
Ganesha finds you in a lively mood.
Predictions by Bhavesh N. Pattni
16 ! ERGO Thursday, July 16, 2009

Fireworks burst over the Eiffel Tower, 120 years

old this year, during traditional Bastille Day
celebrations in Paris. PHOTO: AFP

UK’s Royal Ballet dancers Spain’s

Tamara Rojo (L) and Cuban born
Carlos Acosta perform during the
Royal Ballet rehearsal in Garcia
Lorca theatre in Havana. PHOTO: AFP
Disney character Mickey Mouse stands on a ship
with large fans and splashes water sky-high on a
hot day during a special summer attraction "Cool
Service, Deluxe" at Tokyo DisneySea at Urayasu,
Chiba prefecture, in suburban Tokyo. PHOTO: AFP